a cut-and-dried affair

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anitax

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Polish
Dear all,

how to understand 'a cut-and-dried affair'. The context is as follows:

For some of our new employees, this was not yet a cut-and-dried affair.

Thanks
A.
 
  • elroy

    Imperfect Mod
    US English, Palestinian Arabic bilingual
    anitax said:
    Dear all,

    how to understand 'a cut-and-dried affair'. The context is as follows:

    For some of our new employees, this was not yet a cut-and-dried affair.

    Thanks
    A.
    clear, easy to understand, settled, unambiguous
     

    panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    cut and dried (also cut and dry): originally referring to herbs in the herbalists' shops, as contrasted with growing herbs...
    Hence: ready made, complete, not spontaneous, based on pre-conceived ideas.

    It would be helpful to know exactly what was not considered a cut and dried affair for our new employees. It could be, for example, that they had fundamental objections to the pictures already stuck on beside their coat-hooks. "I don't want to be a kitten!"
     
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